feeling optimistic?

July 23, 2020

We mentioned the National Parks Arts Foundation back in February, but so much water has passed under the bridge that you might have forgotten it by now. In fact, NPAF is currently accepting applications for residencies at six different National Parks and a variety of dates in 2021.

Many of the applications have submission deadlines in early August 2020, so if you’re feeling optimistic about the possibilities of travel and alternate residency, visit the National Parks Arts Foundation, find out more about NPAF residencies, or jump right in and apply on Submittable.

go away!

February 20, 2020

If a month-long getaway in an exotic locale sounds tempting, mosey on over to the National Parks Arts Foundation website and peruse the descriptions for NPAF residencies. Most are open to all genres, including writing. Some are open to couples, teams, family, and friends. Some have rather stiff application fees. Accommodations and expectations vary. NPAF is also on Facebook.


February 13, 2020

Five UNESCO Cities of Literature are currently accepting applications for writers in residence. Requirements vary, but most expect a connection with the culture and/or language of the country to be visited as well as residence in or connection with a UNESCO Creative City / City of Literature, such as Seattle. Application deadlines are coming up for

  • Tartu, Estonia
  • Bucheon, Korea
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Ulyanovsk, Russia

Find out more at Seattle City of Literature.


February 19, 2019

Seattle City of Literature has announced that applications are open for three City of Literature residencies: Kraków, Poland; Ljubljana, Slovenia; and Tartu, Estonia. Deadlines are coming right up, so read all about it and apply!

grant season

July 15, 2016

Artist TrustIf you are an artist or writer and you’re looking for financial support, it may be worth your while to peruse the Grants + Awards + Residencies available through Artist Trust. There are additional listings, including residencies, on the Opportunities page.

bridge tales

June 23, 2016

Elissa Washuta

Back in January, we posted the call for applications for a writer-in-residence at the Fremont Bridge. The writer selected for the position is Elissa Washuta. Learn more about the writer and the residency in this week’s “Q&A: Essayist Elissa Washuta on being the Fremont Bridge’s first writer-in-residence, another recent award and her upcoming book” from UWToday.

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writing the Fremont Bridge

January 21, 2016

Fremont Bridge residency

If you are an established, non-student, professional writer or poet living in Seattle or within 100 miles of Seattle, you are eligible to apply for “a unique project-based artist residency in the northwest tower of the Fremont Bridge. The selected writer will undertake an in-depth exploration of the bridge and write a piece in response to the experience.”

The application deadline is Tuesday, February 16, 2016. More information and application at the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

what would you do…

March 28, 2015

Willapa Bay AIR

What would you do with your time at a writer’s retreat? How would you spend a day, a week, a month or more? Start a fresh series of poems? Rework that big file of unfinished writing? Edit your collection into a book?

A retreat or residency gives you time away from the hubbub and pressures of your daily life. Residencies range in length, structure and amenities. Some are seasonal. There are many that are entirely funded and others that charge fees and offer scholarships. All have some sort of application process, which may be available for this year or next.

There are numerous writers’ residencies in the Cascadia region. Here are a few. Follow the links for more information:

Note: There may be a fine line between a writer’s retreat and a vacation rental. In fact, if you search the term writer’s retreat, most of the results will be lovely cabins and cottages available by the night or the week. Nothing wrong with that, but the terms residency or in-residence may get different results. Also note that the residencies listed here include writers when they refer to artist-in-residence programs. One further note: There are many multi-day writing workshops that may be called retreats; they are not included on this list, although some of the same facilities also host such workshops, which are definitely worth exploring.
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Jack Straw Cultural Center

Jack Straw Productions, in Seattle, is the Northwest’s only non-profit multidisciplinary audio arts center. Each year, Jack Straw Residency Programs support emerging and established artists and writers in three program areas: artists working creatively with sound; introducing writers to the medium of recorded audio; and offering artists of all disciplines the opportunity to create and present work involving sound and technology. Through a curated application process, multiple artists/writers are selected in each category and produce a variety of exhibits, recordings and performances.

Applications for Jack Straw Residency Programs are now available online. Completed applications are due October 21, 2014.

get away and write

August 2, 2013

HedgebrookThanks to Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times book editor, for the heads-up on Hedgebrook.

The Whidbey Island-based organization is accepting applications for its Writer in Residence program until midnight, Pacific Standard Time, Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

Residencies of two weeks to six weeks, between February and October 2014, are available for about forty writers.

Learn more about the Writer in Residence program and see the application guidelines. Follow Hedgebrook on Facebook.

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